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Summary Î Riser The Riser Saga #1 ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Chelsan Derée can control the dead She lives in a future where the world is overpopulated and a little pill. Riser Review for All Things WritingOkay not only did I get to interview Becca Smith about her book Riser but I get to review it as well Ah some days I m just too spoiledSo let s get to it Here is the book synopsisBlack swirling holes churning madly in the center of every corpse This is how eighteen year old Chelsan Der e sees the deceased Her ability to connect to the black spinning holes allows her to control every dead thing within a four mile radius But that s the least of her problems It s 2320 and Chelsan Der e has to survive another year of high school which for her is pure and utter torture mainly due to the fact that her schoolmate Jill Forester s favorite activity is making Chelsan s life a living hell If that isn t enough Chelsan s impossible crush on Ryan Vaughn makes her brain do somersaults on a regular basis especially since she is positive he doesn t know she exists And being eighteen Chelsan has to deal with the pressure of whether or not she should take a little pill called Age pro which cures aging making the world eighteen forever and highly over populated When Chelsan s mother Janet is brutally killed along with everyone else in her trailer park Chelsan finds out that she was the intended target Chelsan must use her power to raise and control the dead to save herself protect her friends and take down the man responsible for murdering her motherRiser rocked That s all there is to it It s a fast paced futuristic YA that touchs on something many people worry about at one point or another in their life aging In Ms Smith s future they ve created a handy dandy little pill called Age pro which if you take it at the right age makes you look around nineteen or so forever Pretty sweet right Umwell kind of Like anything Age pro has its drawbacks as Chelsan our heroine discovers But then again aging is the least of Chelsan s worries She has an extraordinary talent for raising dead things and not just dead people Dead spiders dead plants some really pissed off bees and cockroaches are just a few of the things she works with I thought this was a clever idea and a new twist on necromancy All the characters are well developed and the bad guy is pretty darn bad The world the author created futuristic LA was creative and I suppose if you are from that area it s filled with landmarks the reader would recognize As someone who just released a book that deals with voodoo I thought it was interesting to see how voodoo might be used in the future The other thing I liked about this book was the eye catching cover Nice work

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Summary Î Riser The Riser Saga #1 ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Rnment When Chelsan's mother is killed by one of these exterminations she vows to take down the man responsib. I m a college English instructor I ve been one for over 15 years I ve got a couple of master s degrees and a couple decades of writing and editing experience under my belt too We like to teach kids to write like they speak It s a great method for getting kids to enjoy the writing process Unfortunately for me a grammar geek and language nerd most people don t speak properly Isn t it ironic that I d want to read a YA fictionI picked Riser because of its subject matter I love books about dystopic futures and I love the idea of living forever I m also interested in psychic powers Three interests in one book Why wouldn t I want to read itMs Smith created a vibrant world for us America in the future is much greener with hovering cars and tons trees It s also much darker with secret methods of population control with everyone living forever it should get awfully crowded right But what makes Riser so extraordinary real for me was that Chelsan the main character and heroine narrated this story in her own words as if she were speaking As a teacher of language I pay abnormal attention to how things are written or spoken As much as my English teacher alarm went off as I read this novel I absolutely LOVED the natural way Ms Smith captured the voice of the typical teenager For some reason lots of people think that if it s a novel it should be written in some formal Dickensian prattle If you understood what I just said you re probably a literary snob D Let me be clear I m talking about writing style Ms Smith captured a voice in the style she obviously consciously chose for Riser Like 99% of every novel on this planet there are bound to be one or two editing oversights Heck if I red lined any of the first four books of the Harry Potter series no one would be able to read it Again I m talking about an expertly executed writing style that anyone who knows or is a teen should identify with immediatelyAlong with the YA language in Riser is the angst we all remember when we were in high school These aren t adults who are suddenly thrust into life threatening situations on the contrary these characters are high school students who although uite wealthy besides Chelsan have lived up to this point in a typical protected environment All they knew before this moment was how much they liked each other and how intimidating the teachers can be With this in mind Chelsan and her friends face the sudden realization that the very forces that designed their safe everlasting world were also destroying populations en mass with surprisingly typical reactions To make matters even traumatic Chelsan reveals to her friends that she can control the dead How would you absorb that kind of news from your best friend If you were a teenager you run to the nearest form of normalcy for you which could be shopping Brilliant if you think about it For me as an over seasoned English language arts instructor Riser is a refreshing novel I ve never been a literature fiend mostly because too much of the literary canon represents the snobbery of the high classes Riser is fun exciting and real for a sci fi horror futuristic story I ve read the other reviews and frankly some people are just too full of themselves There s nothing to pick apart here Ms Smith obviously had a great time writing Riser and she wanted her readers to have a great time too She wasn t aiming for the Pulitzer or to be the newest edition of the literary canon She was plainly and simply telling a story

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Summary Î Riser The Riser Saga #1 ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub Makes you immortal Where people are secretly being exterminated and serial killers are sanctioned by the gove. Article first published as Book Review Riser by Becca C Smith on BlogcriticsRecognizing death by the black swirling holes located at the center of each corpse she can see Chelsan Deree finds she has the ability to manipulate the dead However not only can she manipulate these once live bodies but she can also see those that are re animated by others of her bentChelsan learned at a young age that she has a strange and macabre talent when she killed her brutal and malevolent stepfather Using her own talent of re animation she has maintained the facade not only for her mother but also in order to live a seemingly normal family life Finding she could not be very far from the corpse though she found herself uite restricted including in her choice of schools The only school close enough to keep up this charade was a wealthy private school Understanding she would be out of her element she is accepted to attendLiving in a trailer park barely eking out an existence she and her family do not have the type of money that those from her new school find necessary Befriended by two different students Nancy and Bill she is relieved They like her and are not ashamed to be with her Nancy because she can and does not care what others think and Bill while he has the same motivation is also one of the richest kids and makes his own rules It is Ryan Vaughn though that really intrigues Chelsan While he tutored her he was kind and considerate and just a bit shy Once the tutoring was completed though he then barely seemed to acknowledge she existedIn Riser by Becca C Smith we follow the lives of Chelsan and her friends When Chelsan s life is turned upside down by the death of her beloved mother and her already dead stepfather she feels as though she has nowhere to turn In an odd dream like state her mother is able to communicate to her how she was killed as well as how Chelsan became the way she is It is only now that Ryan makes a stand to stick with her but Bill and Nancy rally around as well However one student in the school Jill continues to mimic and create problems for Chelsan setting her up for trouble at every turnNow hunted by the man responsible for her mother s death she must make some decisions and utilize the help and ingenuity of her friends Death and danger seem to follow them everywhere and Chelsan finds she must take a stand Can she and her friends end the killing and find a way for others to hold those responsible accountable for their actions Using her skills and talent can she overcome one of the most powerful men in the worldSmith has found an interesting and uniue talent to highlight her heroine She brings us a futuristic world and yet maintains a realistic verve by creating a very life like rendition of high school as a backdrop She introduces many of the same games and hazing that occurs in schools everywhere an used this spring board to catapult our characters into danger and despairThe characters are wonderful very much like those we encounter at school and at home although coming from a high end lifestyle They have the same fears and prejudices that create many of the same problems world over and it is easy to understand the insecurities Even Jill our protagonist engenders a bit of sympathy at times based on the information we learn about her own backgroundThis is a fast paced book full of energy but with a uniue blend of both the believable and unbelievable We have a form of zombies a bit of transference a futuristic world great friendships and romanceThis is a fun and frenetic YA read and if you are your family enjoy fantasy with any of the above mixtures this will be a hit The action is exciting the story is both sad and yet a bit strange and the romance is fun Throw in some re animation of not just dead people but bugs and plants as well you get a generous helping of this uniue and strangely credible talent Smith has written a distinctive and compelling story full of generous and interesting characters with just that blend of evil and destruction that keeps you guessingThis book was received through the Cadence group All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material

  • Kindle Edition
  • 370
  • Riser The Riser Saga #1
  • Becca C. Smith
  • English
  • 09 June 2017
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